Dine Out Vancouver 2015: Harold’s Bistro & Bar on Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Polly, CC, JK and I met up for a Dine Out Vancouver event. I picked Harold’s Bistro & Bar for the convenience of all as we all live in Richmond. Free parking is available for diners at Harold’s Bistro & Bar at the outdoor and indoor parking. You have to inform the hostess of your license plate number.

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The Dine Out Dinner Menu is $28. Complementary bread with butter. I like the one with cranberry.

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There were 3 options for the appetizers, entrees and desserts. Since there were 4 of us, we ordered one of each and picked a double for items we like most for sharing.

We had two servings of the Mussels with White Wine/Shallots/Garlic/Cream and Garlic Bread. Unfortunately, the mussels were very small and skinny.

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The second appetizer is Tomato Tart. It is puff pastry topped with mascarpone cheese, oven dried tomato, balsamic glaze and served with arugula and frisee. The only problem is it is really small to share among the 4 of us.

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The third appetizer is Duck Spring Roll made with handmade Peking duck and served with spicy sauce and Asian slaw.

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For the entree, the star was the 6-oz Moroccan rub/grilled Lamb Sirloin served with eggplant/Israeli couscous pilaf and whiskey jus Lie. The lamb was tender and it’s a good serving. We were glad that we ordered two servings of this. Continue reading

Meat & Bread, Gastown

Nanzaro had to go to downtown to pick up his Scotia Bank Half Marathon running kit from the Conventional Center on Friday. The run was on yesterday, Sunday, 22 Jun.

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This is his second half marathon after his first attempt last year. He enjoys running especially with the company of so many people.

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Since he was in downtown, he went for lunch at Meat & Bread in Gastown.

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He had tried the popular Porchetta sandwich a while ago and he enjoyed it so much that he wants to return to try their daily special.

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Ladies Night Out at Chill Winston, Gastown

I met up with Angie of seasaltwithfood.com, Polly and Whitney on a Thursday evening for dinner. It has been a long time since the four of us seen each other.

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We met in Gastown because Whitney works in the neighbourhood. So, Whitney has the honour to pick the restaurant. After consulting with her foodie colleague, she suggested Chill Winston for its great patio and its a great place to hang out without being hinted to leave by the server after the meal.

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The above was the view from our seat by the window. Unfortunately, it was a rainy night and we could not seat at the patio.

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Polly and Angie had a glass of Rose and Pinot Gris to start with. A 8oz glass is $14.50. Whitney and me are not alcoholic drinkers as our face will look like the Rose above after a few sips. So, we just had H2O.

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We ordered food that can be shared from the menu. First item was a Poutine. The poutine came with grated cheese and not cheese curds. The gravy was on the saltier side.  A rather small serving for $12. Continue reading

LA Grill & Bistro on No. 2 Road, Richmond

Ben and I had to run an errand in the strip mall at Blundell and No. 2 Road. It’s almost lunch time and the LA Grill $5.95 lunch special was so inviting.

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As it was still early, the restaurant was pretty empty. With that, service was prompt.

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I ordered from the lunch special with several choice. I had the Chicken Souvlaki which is on top of the list. For lunch special, a beverage must be purchased.

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Coke is $1.50 and ice tea is $1.95. Continue reading

White Spot for High School Graduation Celebration

It’s another milestone of Nanzaro’s life; high school graduation.

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He was just an elementary school boy when Ben and I started this blog. Time flies.

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The star of the day wanted dinner at White Spot. So, White Spot it is.

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Ben and Nanzaro each had a Chocolate Milk Shake. Super sweet and thick. Ben shared his with me.

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Nanzaro had a Triple Triple burger. I just cannot imagine eating such a big burger. The juice dripped all over his plate as he tried to squeeze the burger to get a bite into it.

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The burger came with coleslaw and unlimited fries but none of us who had fries asked for a refill. Continue reading

A Walk in Enchanted Storybrooke and Lunch at Charthouse Restaurant

Emily, Lorna, Marian and I had a get together during the spring break. Emily brought a girl friend along.

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We decided to meet in Steveston Village. Coincidentally, it was the week where the filming of the season finale was taking place. Some of the building facet and store fronts were transformed into the theme of Storybrooke.

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The Steveston Cannery Cafe transformed into Granny’s Cafe.

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The Tourist Information Center transformed into the Storybrooke Post Office. More Storybrooke scenes at the end of this post.

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We decided to dine at Charthouse Restaurant after exploring Storybrooke.

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Charthouse deals.

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The view from the restaurant overlooking the whaft is amazing.

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We started off with the Soup of the Day. It’s a seafood medley soup priced at $4.50. It was creamy and flavourful. Probably the best dish we had among the rest that we ordered.

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We had a Caesar Salad with Cajun Chicken as appetizer. It was $11.95.

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This is one of the special of the day; Salmon Burger with Yam Fries. It’s served open faced and the salmon is drizzled with teriyaki sauce. Lorna loves the thickly cut yam fries. The special is $10.95. Continue reading

Breakfast at Old Country Buffet in Bellis Fair, Bellingham

With the new allowance for cross border shopping, the line up at the border crossing is expected to be longer.

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It was not as bad as we thought as there were many lanes opened.

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We stopped at Old Country Buffet for breakfast before our shopping spree since it was still early and some shops were not opened yet. The above was Ben’s first helping which was protein laden.

I can’t recall what was the exact price for the buffet breakfast; it’s less than USD6 and USD2 for drinks. If you do not want the drink option, they will give you a glass for water.

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My first plate was a balance of protein and carbo.

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Nanzaro’s choice was strictly protein. Oh! wait, there was some rice underneath the omelette. Continue reading

JJ’s Restaurant (VCC) on West Pender St., Vancouver

Lorna, Marian, Michelle (Marian’s daughter) and I met up for lunch at JJ’s Restaurant (VCC).

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JJ;s Dining Room & Lounge is the practical ground for the Vancouver’s Culinary College.

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The restaurant is spacious and the decoration is simple but elegant.

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We were seated right in front of a wall TV which has online feed of the kitchen in action.

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The table setting is of western style.

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Complimentary warm bread and butter to start the meal.

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I had the Charred Vancouver Island octoput, chorizo and chick pea stew for appetizer. It is $4. We found that the octopus was a tad too chewy. The chorizo and chick pea stew was good though with a light spiciness in it.

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Marian had the soup of the day which was a lentil soup. It was quite bland. The soup is $2.50.

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Lorna ordered the Salmon, prawn and scallion cake topped with pea shoots for appetizer. It is $4. This was pretty good as the seafood cake was crunchy on the outside. The Thai lemon grass sauce was slightly tangy and went well with the seafood cake.

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Michelle’s appetizer looked the prettiest. The Shrimp and Avocado Salad is $4.00.  Continue reading

Casa Pinoy Restaurant on Bridgeport Road, Richmond

Casa Pinoy has been on our list of places to go for a long while. Apparently, this restaurant has been in business since March 2011.

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Casa Pinoy is located on Bridgeport Road, in an industrial area. From the outside, it is a very unassuming place. It’s name indicates that it’s a Filipino restaurant.

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But, the sign above will let you that there are a variety of food that you can have here. I brought Arkensen and Nanzaro here merely for the variety of food that we can have. That way, everyone is happy.

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You can click on the menu above to have a larger view of their menu.

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We came on a Saturday afternoon. It was not busy. I guess it’s more busy during the week days when the work force around the area come out for lunch. This restaurant seats about 50.

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I had a coconut juice with pulp for $2.25. It came in a large can of 500ml. It is very refreshing with mild sweetness. The boys did not order a drink because they wanted to have the $1 McDonald’s ice coffee summer deal after lunch.

I came here for their Filipino dishes. I ordered the Chicken Inasal which was recommendation by the server. This is $8.99.

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It is grilled chicken marinated in coco vinegar, garlic and pepper. It is served with rice pilaf. The whole grilled chicken leg tastes better … Continue reading

Cora Richmond

Cora has been on my list of places to visit for my ladies meet for a long while. However, their locations in Coquitlam and Surrey are a bit too far for us to travel to.

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When I saw the sign that there will be one opening in Coppersmith Plaza in Richmond, I was very excited. This location was officially opened in April.

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Cora was started by Cora in Montreal, Saint-Laurent district. It is a breakfast and lunch joint so that Cora can take care of her children after school. Her philosophy of high quality ingredients and service was so successful that it had turned into a franchise of over 120 restaurants across Canada.

The Cora in Richmond is bright and decorated cheerfully with artwork of their menu and chicken porcelains and antique tin cans. Cora opens early, 6:00AM. We were there slightly over 6:00AM for breakfast because Ben will be flying to Beijing on an early noon flight that day.  You know how time consuming flying is where you have to be at the airport 3 hours before the flight time for international flight. Ben always arrives at the airport early so that he can get his favourite window seat.

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We were the first customers at Cora that morning. We had walked past Cora a week earlier during lunch hour and there was a line outside the restaurant. We were told by the manager of the restaurant that the restaurant is very busy between 11:30am to 2:00pm and there is always a line especially during weekend despite this restaurant can accommodate 156 customers.

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We started our breakfast with coffee as usual. Free refills like most diners.

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Ben had the Cora’s Special which is the most popular item on the menu, according to the server. Cora’s Special is … Continue reading